Sport Climate, Developmental Experiences and Motivational Outcomes in Youth Sport
Panagiotis Gerabinis, Antonis Hatzigeorgiadis, Yiannis Theodorakis, Marios Goudas

This study examined: a) the relative contribution of two types of sport climate (motivational and caring climate) on youth developmental experiences and b) the joint effects of sport climate and developmental experiences on motivational outcomes in youth sport such as perceived belonging, intrinsic interest and intention for future participation. Participants were 241 young athletes (212 males and 29 females, M age= 14.04). Task - involving climate and caring climate were significant predictors of developmental experiences, while ego - involving climate was a significant predictor of negative experiences. Caring climate and initiative experiences were significant predictors of young athletes’ perceived belonging and intrinsic interest. It seems that caring climate is a key factor for the positive youth development through sport.

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